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CBI arrests Karti Chidambaram’s close aide S Bhaskararaman in visa-bribery case a day after raids on multiple locations

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested S Bhaskararaman, close associate of Karti Chidambaram, in an ongoing visa corruption case following questioning late on Tuesday night.

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The agency on Tuesday conducted multiple searches at Karti Chidambaram’s premises for allegedly helping 250 Chinese nationals get visas violating various immigration rules. The CBI has alleged Chidambaram had accepted a bribe of Rs 50 lakh for facilitating the visas.

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According to officials, it was done 11 years ago when his father P Chidambaram was the Union home minister.

The raids were conducted at ten locations – three in Chennai, three in Mumbai, one each in Karnataka, Delhi, Punjab and Odisha, according to CBI sources. A CBI team also visited the official residence of Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP P Chidambaram at Lodhi Estate in Delhi.

“I have lost count, how many times has it been? Must be a record,” Karti Chidambaram tweeted on Tuesday after the raid.

Later, he further tweeted that his office has updated him about the searches. “My office has just updated on the ‘record’ twice in 2015, once in 2017, twice in 2018 and today 🙂 6!”

According to the CBI, Karti had allegedly received Rs 50 lakh bribe through Bhaskararaman to facilitate the visa of 263 Chinese nationals during the UPA regime for TSPL, a Vedanta Group company, in July-August 2011.

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